Challenges facing education in Kenya


Date Posted: 7/3/2012 4:34:59 AM

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Education is said to be the backbone of many economies. The Kenyan economy relies heavily on the availability of skilled labor so as to grow its economy. It is by attending academic institutions that people acquire the relevant skills needed in the job market. Unfortunately, it has become an uphill task as the education path has many obstacles.

Students have enrolled in academic institutions that are not accredited by the ministry of higher education. This has frustrated the efforts of many students who have toiled tirelessly so as to get a professional qualification or a degree.
In many universities around the country, lecturers do not show up and if they do, they do not lecture for the period they are expected to. They prefer to dish out hand outs and the student is left to struggle and understand its contents. This forces the student to cram where else the course objectives expects him to understand and apply the concepts learned.

Examinations in most tertiary institutions are not taken with the seriousness they deserve. There is rampant copying and flaws in examination rules. Many desks have been written on by the students and therefore making it easy for them to cheat in exams. The university administration is totally aware about this but not much is done to curb cheating.

Embezzlement of funds is a key challenge facing the education sector. The free primary education is an initiative of the Kibaki administration but it has encountered many hurdles along the way. Donors have pumped in millions of dollars but the bulk of this money has ended up in the pockets of some few greedy individuals. Commissions of inquiry are set up to calm the public but the public is not made aware of the findings.

Many heads of schools have complained that there are delays in disbursing the funds that each public school should receive. This has led to strike threats and even some schools have had to be closed indefinitely since they cannot sustain themselves. Suppliers need to be paid but without funds, this is only a dream yet to be realized.
Poor remuneration of teachers and lecturers has led to strikes. Strikes do affect learning in all public institutions as the students have to go home till an amicable solution is arrived at. The most affected are the candidates in class eight and form four as they risk not finishing the syllabus or lack of ample revision time which is the key to success.

The Kenya national examination council is under heavy criticism as it has failed to maintain the integrity of national examinations. In March, many ex candidates especially from North Eastern Kenya did not get their examination results. This was a topic of debate appearing in the order paper in parliament. The council has been able to reduce the cases of exam irregularities but it is still believed that they can do better so as to create a level playing ground for all candidates.


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